Commercial and transactions
Lauren R. Kennedy is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation related to antitrust, intellectual property, environmental, securities and contractual disputes. Ms. Kennedy has significant trial experience; she has tried seven cases in federal and state courts in the past eight years.
Currently, Ms. Kennedy is representing the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and various member plans in consolidated multidistrict antitrust class action litigation— one of the largest class actions in the country—alleging that the Association and its members have used the Association’s agreements to fix prices and limit competition. She recently represented Florida Blue in winning the dismissal of antitrust litigation filed by a competitor alleging that Florida Blue’s exclusive agency relationships violated the Sherman Act.
Ms. Kennedy won the dismissal in April 2020 of putative securities class action litigation filed against GreenSky and its officers and directors alleging disclosure deficiencies in connection with GreenSky’s initial public offering. She also represented and won summary judgment for Spirit AeroSystems, in a breach of contract lawsuit filed in Delaware Superior Court by The Boeing Company, seeking nearly $150 million in indemnification from Spirit.
Ms. Kennedy represented American Express in a lawsuit in New York federal court brought by the Department of Justice and 17 state attorneys general alleging that certain provisions in AmEx’s merchant agreements violate the antitrust laws. The case culminated in a seven week bench trial in July-August 2014, which was followed by successful appeals in favor of AmEx in both the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court.
Ms. Kennedy received a B.A. summa cum laude in English from Georgetown University in 2007, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2010. Ms. Kennedy joined Cravath as a summer associate in 2009. Following her graduation, she served as a law clerk to Hon. Robert S. Smith of the New York Court of Appeals. She returned to Cravath in 2012 and was elected a partner in 2018.
Updated July 2021